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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Lawrence Sullivan Ross Letters, 1846-1894



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Ross, Lawrence Sullivan
Title: Ross, Lawrence Sullivan, Letters
Dates: 1846-1894
Abstract: The Lawrence Sullivan Ross Letters, 1846-1894, document Ross’ career as a soldier, governor, and university president.
Extent: 1/2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Soldier, governor, and university president Lawrence Sullivan (Sul) Ross (1838-1898) was born in the Iowa Territory and immigrated to Texas in 1839. After earning his A.B. from Wesleyan University in Florence, Alabama in 1859, Ross joined the Texas Rangers, initially as a lieutenant and later as a captain. Ross' fame in Texas greatly increased when, during the battle of the Pease River, his company rescued Cynthia Ann Parker. In 1861, he married Elizabeth Dorothy Tinsley, and promptly joined the Confederate Army, serving first as a major, then a colonel, and finally as a brigadier general in 1864, commanding the Texas Cavalry Brigade (or Ross's Brigade). After working as a farmer in Waco during Reconstruction, Ross was elected sheriff of McLennan County in 1873, and helped form the Sheriff's Association of Texas. Ross became a state senator in 1880, followed by governor in 1886, where he presided over completion of the new Capitol, and initiated a period of industrial, agricultural, and commercial growth. In 1891, Ross took over presidency of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (later Texas A & M University). As President, he facilitated the growth of the college and helped restore public faith in the institution.

Source:

Benner, Judith Ann. "Ross, Lawrence Sullivan [Sul]," Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed August 22, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fro81.

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Scope and Contents

The Lawrence Sullivan Ross Letters, 1846-1894, document Ross’ career as a soldier, governor, and university president. The letters relate to the organization of a Confederate brigade by Ross, and Victor Rose, and also include Rose’s proposed history of Ross’s Brigade. Additionally, one letter from Jefferson Davis to Rose, relates Davis’ recollections of the Trans-Mississippi during the Civil War. The majority of the letters are Photostat copies, however, there is one original letter written during Ross’ time as president of A&M.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Ross, Lawrence Sullivan, 1838-1898 -- Archives.
Rose, Victor M., d. 1893.
Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889.
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863.
McCulloch, Henry E. (Henry Eustace), 1816-1895.
Rusk, Thomas J. (Thomas Jefferson), 1803-1857.
Van Dorn, Earl, 1820-1863.
Subjects (Organizations)
Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas
Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Cavalry. Ross' Brigade
Places
Florence (Ala.)
Florence (Ala.)
Waco (Tex.)

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Related Material

See also the Victor Marion Rose Papers

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lawrence Sullivan Ross Letters, 1846-1894, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2G26 Bound photostats of letters from L.S. Ross to Victor Rose, with one from John W. Rose to Mrs. M. M. Rose and one from Jefferson Davis to Victor Rose, 1846-1883
Photostat letter from L. S. Ross to W. H. Woodall, 1885
Original letter from L. S. Ross to S. A. Cunningham, 1894

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